Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Yes, but not for a while due to graphic subject matter and the fact that it is over 20 hours long.
I think the most memorable moment of this book is the courtroom banter between the prosecution, the crazy defense attorney and Manson. I couldn't stop listen and wondered what would they would say next. I have never heard of such a bizarre court case as this one.
I think my favorite scene of the book is when they convicted Manson. He was shocked. He had always thought he would either get acquitted due to his crazy lawyers or his "family" would break him out of jail which they were planning on doing.
I did have an extreme reaction to this book. It was very sad to hear how the victims died. I didn't realize how many died at the hands of the Manson family. I was also very shocked to hear about one of the defense attorneys going missing and then being found dead. I had never heard about that part of the case. Another extreme reaction I had was in regards to the laziness and lack of professionalism the law enforcement officers and detectives had during this case. This case teaches police today "What Not To Do" with their evidence. Bugliosi asked the detectives to pretty much "Go out and do their job'. The slacked off on several tasks that Bugliosi asked them to do like finding the murder weapons and clothing before the new crews did. Unbelievable.
One of the reason why I listened to this audio book was because Bugliosi wrote it and I loved his other book "Outrage" which was really good. Another reason was that I wasn't born yet when the murders occurred. I had always heard bits and pieces of what had happened and wanted to know the whole story. This book must have been extremely complicated to write due to all of the names involved in the case. Several times I had to stop listening and look up the person on the internet to keep everyone names straight because their were so many involved and the family members kept exchanging names. Bugliosi did an amazing job with this in the book. Overall, the book was very fascinating and I couldn't stop listening to it. I highly recommend it.
A topic I wasn't sure I wanted to delve into but quickly entered this true story easily because narrator was excellent and story was fascinating. I highly recommend this eBook.
Helter Skelter could have been about 3 hours shorter. Bugliosi really stretched the story and tried to wring every drop out of the details. I really struggled to stay interested for the last quarter of the story.
I have listened to "Devil in the White City", which is performed by Curt Gentry. His narration style is dry, but it works for historical stories. I think this book was more interesting in the beginning and then dragged on for much too long in the end, while Devil was the opposite.
Maybe someone without such a gravely voice?
Disappointment in the cruelty in the world. It's a dark world, and there are some real crazies out there, but that shouldn't be surprising, even though the content is still shocking.
I mean the story is already pretty crazy so this doesn't need much to be relatively interesting. The author gives information from a different perspective. What I found most consuming were his off the record convos with Manson. Hearing his words you could see what a manipulator he was and it was scary. But sometimes it lost me...my attention just waned and I don't know whether it was the narrator or if there was just too much detail. I think if you have interest in this murder or murder mystery type stuff you'll enjoy it overall but I wouldn't say it's amazing... I will listen to it again though
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